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A Shining Intimacy Comes to Tobacco Factory Theatres

Bristol-based performer and creative Tom Marshman, will be bringing A Shining Intimacy to Tobacco Factory Theatres this May.

The show explores theatre, queer friendships and grief. It does this through the bond between the late Kenneth Williams and his close friend Maggie Smith – and Tom’s own friendship with the late artist Clare Thornton.

Tom is about creating a safe space to share thoughts and experiences, particularly queer histories and ensuring those experiences are honest and authentic.

He incorporates video projection, stylized moment and a ‘strong visual language’ into his performances. A Shining Intimacy will also utilise television and radio interviews as well as old newspaper articles, memoirs and diaries.

With A Shining Intimacy, Tom will take his visual inspiration from the 60s and 70s through atmospheric and ghostly projection. Kenneth and Maggie’s characters will be evoked through apparitions within the theatre.

Williams and Smith met in 1957, hitting it off with a friendship lasting decades. The pair went on to collaborate professionally as well as providing a trusted confidant to each other.

Marshman uses this particular moment in history to reflect on the loss of Thornton, with whom he was friends as well as a collaborator.

A Shining Intimacy will also explore what it means to be an actor. “The juxtaposition of the ‘performer’ in public and private, and how we go about ‘colouring in the words’, ” Marshman says.

The show is recommended for audiences aged 14 years upwards and runs at an hour.

It will be at the Factory Theatre of Tobacco Factory Theatres 09-12 May 2023

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